My Dad got me a subscription to Seventeen magazine when I turned thirteen so I’d have some sort of regular instruction about things like hair and makeup. Although that didn’t stop me from abusing the lavender Wet-n-Wild pallete to the point that one of my teachers called me out about it in 7th grade and I was so embarrassed I told her it was actual pastels that I must have gotten on my eyelids in art class.
And then I went to the bathroom and sobbed while I was washing my face.
I’ve always been interested in makeup but I never really knew how to wear it. I never bought anything other than grocery store makeup, save for the periodic friend who sold Mary Kay. The most I really ever consistently wore was eyeliner and mascara, although I did spend the acne years covered in foundation and powder.
However, over the last 15 years or so, I stopped caring even enough for regular eyeliner and mascara. I just kinda gave up because I didn’t really know how to do it.
And then E – who used to work at Ulta – gave his sister all of the free samples he got from the makeup store and suddenly she became interested in makeup. And with her interested, I became interested again. Perhaps if I’d have known about the eyeliner stamp I wouldn’t have had as much of a problem applying it.
SO! Last weekend I told her, “I want to find a power lip color!” We went to Whole Foods and spend 30 minutes picking out 3 different types and colors of lipstick. I wanted a dark red, but not an apple-red. We bought a gloss, a stick, and a balm. All 3 different shades of dark red.
OR SO WE THOUGHT.
When we got to the car? And tried them all on? THEY WERE ALL THE SAME COLOR. And none of them very powerful.
Nikki counciled me that she thought I needed to look at matte lipsticks, so! I went to Target the next day and looked in the Revlon section and found this one:
I like the color a lot but it doesn’t really stay on well. It smudges off pretty quickly and leaves the outline so it looks weird. BUT! If I don’t mine reapplying? It’s totally my power lip.
I still have no desire to do more than eyeliner and mascara but I think that combined with the power lip is PLENTY. And suddenly? I’m a makeup wearer again! I’ve worn eyeliner and mascara EVERY DAY THIS WEEK. Of course, I had to buy my own eyeliner because Nikki’s was liquid and too difficult, but I am 42 years old so it’s probably okay for me to NOT borrow my 11-year old’s makeup every day.